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Acadian Cultural Center

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A unit of the National Park Service, the center traces the history of the area through numerous audiovisual exhibits on food, music,...

Acadian Village

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Most of the structures at this re-creation of an early-19th-century bayou settlement were moved here to construct a representative "village...

Acadiana Center for the Arts

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This multicultural arts center hosts exhibits, musical performances, lectures, and children's programs. Film screenings are occasionally...

Acadiana Park Nature Station

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Naturalists are on hand in the interpretive center at this three-story cypress structure, which overlooks a 42-acre park of natural forest.

Alexandre Mouton House and Lafayette Museum

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Built in 1800 as the maison dimanche, or "Sunday house" (a townhouse used when attending church services) of town founder Jean Mouton,...

Children's Museum of Acadiana

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Good on a rainy day or to burn off extra energy in the kids, this museum is basically a large indoor playground, with educational games...

Lafayette Courthouse

  • Government Building

The courthouse contains an impressive collection of more than 2,000 historical photographs of life in the Lafayette area. There are images...

Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium

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This sparkling natural-history museum includes changing exhibitions and lots of fun hands-on science for kids. The most popular permanent...

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

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Inside a gleaming glass box built in 2003, this museum on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette features world-class...

St. John the Evangelist Cathedral

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This Dutch Romanesque structure with Byzantine touches was completed in 1916 (construction began in 1912). In the cemetery behind the...